Riot Racing Dominates Dethrone SoCal 250

on 18 May 2011




LAS VEGAS, NV – May 15, 2011 – The Riot Racing #68 Unlimited Truck, piloted by Josh Daniels, totally demolished the competition at the inaugural Dethrone SoCal 250 in Plaster City, CA. His overall winning time was just 32 seconds shy of being one full hour ahead of the second place Unlimited Truck driven by Gregg Hempel.


Daniels, of Canyon Lake, CA, completed the 250-mile race in 3 hours, 50 minutes, 32 seconds for an average speed of 65.2 miles per hour. Even though the course conditions deteriorated as the race wore on, he continued his blistering pace the entire distance.


Kyle Conlon, in the #108 Class 1 Buggy, finished 3 minutes, 33 seconds behind Daniels for second overall at an average speed of 64.1 mph. Chris Kemp followed him in third. They also were first and second respectively in the Class 1 Unlimited Buggy category.


Several of the pre-race favorites including Terry Householder, sponsored by Dethrone, encountered minor problems early dropping them off the pace. Others, including TJ Flores of Las Vegas suffered engine problems resulting in DNF’s.


At the start line, 185 vehicles rolled out two at a time at 20-second intervals. The official finisher count was 96 for 51.9%. Faster classes ran five laps with slower cars running four laps and Stock Bugs only required to run three.


Class 1600, the largest field in the race, was led home by Blaine Conrad, of Las Vegas NV in #1612 with an average of 50.0 mph. He was followed just over 2 minutes later by #1600 Jason Coleman, the reigning SNORE 1600 Champion. Joe Laff, a pre-race favorite, finished third. Next came #1617 Ross Mattox, #1657 Ramsey El Wardani and #1601 Kenny Freeman. Less than eight minutes separated the first six finishers. A total of 17 Class 16 cars were official finishers.


In Class 12 a total of 20 cars started the race and #1226 Paul Keller emerged the victor, with a winning margin of just over 7-1/2 minutes over second place #1249 Shawn McCallum. #1268 Cody Reid was third. Nine cars completed the full distance.


Class 10 saw 13 cars on the start and #1001 Kevin Ellis came home the Class 10 winner, crossing the finish 30 minutes ahead of #1029 Tom Bjorstrom, who finished second. #1097 Terry Tolbert rolled in 13 minutes later for third in class.


Pre-runner trucks, Class 1450, had 24 entries off the line, and #1471 Jerry Larimore roared to the checker in 3:58:52 for the class win with an average speed of 50.4 mph. Cary Jones, in #1496, was next home 20 minutes later. # 1429 Dan Vance rounded out the top three.

Class 7s, the NAPA Chassis Challenge Class was an easy drive for #7100 Kyle Milligan, the SNORE 2010 Class 7s Champion. He bested second place #7130 Rick Doetsch by over an hour and 20 minutes. Josh Starr rounded out the top three. Class 7 trucks saw only two finishers out of nine starters, with #7217 Russ Ramsey coming home the winner followed by Matt Borden..


Other Class Winners:

Class 13: 1st Billy Shapley III, 2nd Henry Vasquez

Class 15: 1st Eddie Zeller, 2nd Brian Coneen, 3rd Tony Scott

Class 18: 1st Daniel Maurer

Class 3000: 1st Jack Moreno

Class 5: 1st Steven Hall

Class 5/1600: 1st Mike Boone, 2nd David Herrera, 3rd Trevor Anderson

Class 8: 1st Joe Patelli

Class 9: 1st Bradley Looney, 2nd Adam Sarver, 3rd Jack Hettinger

Class HM: 1st Monte Tibbitts

Stock Bug: 1st Steve Patton, 2nd Jason Gutzmer, 3rd Robert Johnson

VORE: 1st Arturo Benavides


Heavy, gusting wind and tremendous dust was the order of the day. At times visibility was near zero on parts of the course, and silt beds became traps for some of the racers as they struggled with these harsh conditions.


SNORE race personnel faced last-minute major wind related problems with course marking. The entire 50-mile course was completely marked earlier in the week and deemed complete and ready for the event. Friday evening before the race, word came that extremely high, late afternoon winds had destroyed markings on a majority of the course. An emergency plan was immediately put in place and key race personnel were out on the course at 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning repairing damage prior to the 8:00 a.m. race start.


This was the first off-road race held in Southern California in several months, and enthusiasm and entries for the event was tremendous.  It is also the first time SNORE has “gone on the road” with their professional race operations to this southernmost area of California.


SNORE is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1969 and based in Las Vegas NV. The group sanctions a series of off-road races each year that include both professional and sportsman desert racers. SNORE produces the legendary Mint 400 off-road race that annually draws the elite who’s-who of off-road racing to the event.


In addition to the Mint 400, SNORE also produces the only long-distance desert night race in the United States. Other SNORE sanctioned races include the very popular multi-day events at Primm and Laughlin, NV. Today, SNORE is one of only three major long-distance off-road racing organizations in North America.


For complete Dethrone SoCal 250 Results click here.


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Lawton Shank

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SNORE Off-Road Racing


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